Tenjin Lodge

Tenjin Lodge

Tenjin Lodge4.5/54
Tenjin Lodge4.5 out of 5 based on 4 reviews
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Tenjin Lodge

Tenjin Lodge

Tenjin Lodge is a great pick for your stay because the accommodation is very oriented to the needs of skiers and snowboarders, and the family run lodge has English speaking owners that are incredibly hospitable. The simple, reasonably priced rooms are either Western or Japanese style, with hot water available in a shared bathroom. Tenjin Lodge is a great place to meet like-minded powder hounds, thanks to its communal areas and laid back vibe.

You can stay here as part of Tenjindaira Backcountry Tours.

Where is Tenjin Lodge?

Tenjin Lodge is the closest accommodation to the Tanigawadake Tenjindaira ski area; only 800 metres away. Tenjin Lodge is about 9km north of Minakami in the Gunma Prefecture, and 180km northwest of Tokyo. Okutone Snow Park is a 10-minute drive away, whilst Houdaigi Ski Resort is within a 20-minute drive.

See the travel to Tenjindaira page for more information on the location and getting there.

Tenjin Lodge provides transport to and from the Minakami train station.

Lodge Rooms

The lodge has a range of rooms:
  • double bed rooms, western style, balcony views, ensuite bathroom (shared bathing)
  • twin bed rooms with 2 king size single beds, balcony with views, private ensuite (shared bathing)
  • tatami room sleeps 1-4 on futons, balcony views of mountain or river, ensuite bathroom (shared bathing)
  • family room, sleeps 4-6 in 2 adjoining rooms, 2 twin beds plus tatami room (shared bathing)
The rooms with ensuite bathroom do not have hot water. Hot water for bathing is available in the shared bathroom, which includes showers (available 24 hours) and separate hot baths for men and women (available 5-8pm). The baths are fed by mountain spring water, although they’re not officially onsen because the water is artificially heated.

Facilities & Services

Facilities and services include:
  • communal area with couches and TV/DVD
  • snowshoe tours
  • ski and snowboard rentals
  • ski and snowboard lessons
  • ski and snowboard storage
  • free wifi
  • complimentary transport to and from Minakami Houdaigi Ski Resort
  • complimentary transport to and from Minakami train station
  • discounts for lift passes at Tenjindaira
  • advice on local activities and restaurants
Other bonuses of staying here are that the owner can provide guiding at Tenjin and Kagura. See Tenjindaira Backcountry Tours for more information.

Dining and Bar

Breakfast is served at the lodge and you can choose from a simple or mountain breakfast, or a combo. A simple breakfast consists of eggs, toast, coffee/tea and juice, whilst a mountain breakfast includes oatmeal.

You can have dinner at the lodge. They cook one meal per night such as pasta, southeast Asian and Korean dishes, roasts, or nabes (they can also cater for vegetarians). Otherwise there are lots of restaurants in Minakami.

The lodge has a bar so you can buy a beer or other alcoholic beverage and relax on one of the sofas, whilst reliving your experiences of a big powder day.

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Tenjin Lodge Reviews

The Place To Get The Low Down

POWDERHOUNDS.COM09/08/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Guest Type
    Couple
  • Guest Age
    36-50

The Place To Get The Low Down

POWDERHOUNDS.COM09/08/2018
This was the second time we’ve stayed at Tenjin Lodge and this visit really emphasised that a huge pro for the place was the ability to get dialed into what’s happening at Tenjin and other nearby ski areas. We were there as part of a Tenjin Backcountry Tour that included guiding so naturally we got the low down on the best ski area to visit each day. However other guests were also able to tap into the expertise of Kieren and the staff about storm patterns, the likelihood of lifts running, and other activities to do in the area. You could stay at an upscale ryokan in Minakami, but then you’d be completely on your own with respect to figuring out the lay of the land, and have to pay many more yen. And you’d also miss out on the great social vibe of the lodge! Transport to local onsens, Tenjin and Houdaigi and are also a bonus if you don’t have a car, and if the snow wasn’t on at either of those areas, they’d probably drive you further afield for a fee.

This is THE place to stay if riding Tenjindaira.

Wish I stayed longer!

Will03/03/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Guest Type
    Mixed Group
  • Guest Age
    18-35

Wish I stayed longer!

Will03/03/2018
Tenjin Lodge is everything you want for a dedicated snow trip!
In a small group, we were guided for four days by the owner, Kieran and couldn’t recommend him more highly.

The day we arrived it snowed 90cm+ and fair to say I barely slept in excitement. In a group of slightly varying abilities, Kieran consistently found clean runs that everyone loved (that feeling when you get to bottom of run and can’t wipe a grin off your face! Also it’s covered in snow from spraying yourself...). No matter what the conditions too, Kieran always has a couple of plans up his sleeve which was the best part of having him guide.

Accommodation is pretty basic, but it’s quality basic - it’s clean, tidy and warm - what more to you need.

Definitely a place I’d go back to. Happily on my own too, everyone was very friendly.

Tenjin Lodge

Paul26/02/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Guest Type
    Solo
  • Guest Age
    36-50

Tenjin Lodge

Paul26/02/2017
One to add to your bucket list.
Nice lodge, great communal vibe.
Super friendly hosts who go out of their way to help.
Highlight? Hiking and riding with Lucky the BC.
Thanks Kieren & Bo

Amazing Hosts and Staff

POWDERHOUNDS.COM25/04/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Guest Type
    Couple
  • Guest Age
    36-50

Amazing Hosts and Staff

POWDERHOUNDS.COM25/04/2016
We really enjoyed staying at Tenjin Lodge. One major strength of this accommodation is that the owners and staff are incredibly friendly and are happy to share their wealth of knowledge about the surrounding area and the activities on offer. The family vibe added to us being made to feel very welcome, and it was also great to hang out with Lucky the border collie dog and Hana, the owners daughter who was a hoot.

Kieren was amazing and we’d definitely recommend getting him to guide you at Tenjindaira. If you’ve got any energy left, we’d recommend going snowshoeing with him too.

The accommodation is somewhat simple and exactly what you’d expect for the price. The rooms were nice enough and it was great to have a private toilet. The hot bath downstairs was quite lovely for a soak after a day of skiing, although it was a bit cold walking down the corridors (the rooms and common area were heated).

The location is nice next to the river and its proximity to the ski area is a big bonus. Unless you’re looking for luxurious ryokan accommodation, then Tenjin Lodge is a great pick.